I have found that psychotherapy can be very helpful in sorting out and resolving interpersonal difficulties, personal unhappiness, and emotional pain of many kinds. Sometimes just talking out loud about our suffering and finding language to clearly identify what’s troubling us, in the presence of an empathetic other, can begin to bring immediate relief. I think that idea is well expressed in a poem by Denise Levertov:
To speak of sorrow works upon it
moves it from its crouched place barring the way to and from the soul’s hall —
out in the light it shows clear, whether shrunken or known as a giant wrath —
discrete at least, where before
its great shadow joined the walls and roof and seemed to uphold the hall like a beam.
~ Denise Levertov
I am skilled at helping people to articulate and gain a clearer understanding of their sorrow, and to accompany them as they come to terms with and develop tools for resolving it.
I have been in practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2000. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and am certified as a couples and family therapist by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I have taught in psychology graduate schools in California, and for 10 years have been a trainer and supervisor of therapists in training. In addition to working with individuals, I particularly enjoy working with couples at all ages and stages of development.
My usual fee is $90 per session, but I hold 40% of my schedule open for a sliding scale as low as $50 per session, depending on financial circumstances and ability to pay.